I’m a little bit obsessed with home interiors and improvements. I love decorating and creating, we’ve been in our home for nearly two years now and many of the rooms have been painted at least twice – what can I say, I get bored easily! With summer just around the corner, my focus has shifted to our outdoor space. In the past, I’ve dabbled in a spot of gardening, but I’ve never achieved anything huge. Recently I’ve been working on making our front garden more presentable, and now I’m putting all of my energy into the back garden. We have a beautiful back garden, it just needs a little TLC to make it wonderful. I’m determined to make it wonderful for the children in time for the summer holidays. I’ve always loved the look of homemade wooden furniture, so last week I decided to make a garden bench using pallets. It was so much easier than I anticipated!
If you ask anyone that knows me personally, they’ll tell you that I’m one of the most accident prone person they know. I’m always walking into doors and tripping over fresh air, so when they hear that I’m planning some DIY, they recoil in horror! I think they expect me to end up with a nail in my thumb. Since I became a single mum, I’ve become more and more confident in my abilities, I no longer call my mum when something goes wrong in the house, I just deal with it. So far, I’ve managed not to injure myself, and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve managed to achieve!
I truly believe that anyone can create something wonderful with a little know how. If I can do it, I’m pretty sure anyone can! Below I’m going to share with you how I created a little garden bench for the children using just one pallet, three heavy duty nails and a hammer.
A quick Pinterest search will bring up hundreds if not thousands of ideas for creating furniture and home decor using pallets. I promise this guide to creating a garden bench using pallets isn’t as complicated as some of the Pinterest search results would make it seem. It’s actually a very simple process, and it can be done in less than half an hour!
Firstly, make sure the pallet you are using is clean and that there are no sharp nails or screws sticking out of the wood. Once you’ve checked the pallet, you need to sand it down because nobody wants a splinter in their bottom! I used standard sandpaper, there’s no need for any specialist items. Simply rub the pallet down with the sandpaper until it feels smooth. Make sure both the sides and top of the pallet are smooth before moving on to the fun stuff – chopping your pallet up!
Most pallets have 3 pieces of wood on the bottom and slightly more on top. The top of the pallet with a higher number of wood pieces is what will form the bench. The bottom pieces of wood will provide stability. The back of the bench needs to be slightly narrower than the seat – so with this in mind, I carefully used a saw to remove two pieces of wood from the top along with its supporting elements.
The great thing about pallets is they are simple, but incredibly strong and adaptable. Separating the pallet was far easier than I expected, and I didn’t injure myself, not once! Once you have the seat and the backrest of your bench, you’ve got the complicated bit over and done with. The rest is easy – simply place the backrest onto the far edge of the seat and secure with large nails, available from most hardware stores. Make sure you secure the two parts together using the back panels of the pallet, if you have a pallet with three wooden pieces on the bottom, you’ll be able to secure the two elements using a hammer and a nail on either side and in the middle of the back of the bench. If your pallet only has two bottom wood pieces, it might be an idea to source an extra small piece of wood to give the middle of the backrest some support.
Once you’ve constructed your bench, all that is left to do is seal it. You can do this using wood varnish or spray sealant, again available in most hardware stores. A thin coating of varnish or sealant will protect your bench from harsh weather conditions.
And there you have it, a gorgeous garden bench perfect for your little ones. You could even do what we did and place some planters on top of the bench for added detail!